Nicole Hazen, wife of Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen, dies at 45 after cancer battle
Arizona Diamondbacks Press Conference PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 10: General Manager Mike Hazen of the Arizona Diamondbacks addresses the media at Chase Field on October 10, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Sarah Sachs/Arizona Diamondbacks/Getty Images)Nicole Hazen, the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen, died on Thursday after a lengthy cancer battle. "Nicole lived her life and loved her family with fierceness and devotion," the Hazen family said in a statement through the team . Mike first took over with the Diamondbacks in 2016 after leaving a role with the Boston Red Sox. He stepped away from the team last summer to spend more time with his wife and their four sons.wftv.com
COVID-19 vaccinations add new twist to MLB trade deadline
As the only MLB team located in Canada, the Toronto Blue Jays have by far the toughest constraints. That means any upgrades for the Blue Jays — who are right in the middle of the American League playoff race — will almost certainly have to be vaccinated. Unless all those unvaccinated players change their minds, it sure seems like a home-field advantage for the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are on track to make the postseason, so theoretically, the road to a World Series title could go through Canada. Of course, there's also a chance the Blue Jays fall out of the playoff race and none of the immediate doomsday scenarios come into play.wftv.com
Brewers add All-Star 3B Escobar in trade with Diamondbacks
Pirates Diamondbacks Baseball Arizona Diamondbacks' Eduardo Escobar celebrates hitting a two-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 19, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb) (Darryl Webb)PHOENIX — (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers acquired All-Star third baseman Eduardo Escobar from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday for two prospects. The 32-year-old Escobar made his first All-Star game this season and is batting .246 with 22 homers. Escobar has played third, second and shortstop for the Diamondbacks this season and has played the outfield earlier in his career. “We’re happy with the two players we got from the Brewers,” Arizona general manager Mike Hazen said.wftv.com
Fired Mets GM Porter suspended by MLB through 2022 season
Fired New York Mets general manager Jared Porter has been suspended by Major League Baseball through at least the end of the 2022 regular season following an investigation that began after a report that he sent sexually explicit text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 while he was working for the Chicago Cubs.
From feel-good story to not so good: D-Backs' Calhoun out
Diamondbacks Nationals Baseball Arizona Diamondbacks' Kole Calhoun hits a single during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Friday, April 16, 2021, in Washington. Calhoun underwent a procedure Friday to remove a tendon in his hamstring, the team said. The previous Friday, Calhoun went chasing a foul ball hit by Austin Riley in Atlanta. As Calhoun reached into the stands, the fan made the catch — because the ball was in the seats, there was no interference. As the fan celebrated and showed off the ball, Calhoun gave him a fist bump and smiled.wftv.com
Easy does it: MLB pitchers prepare for usual 162-game grind
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, that Strasburg is in preparation mode not in rehabilitation mode at spring training after having surgery in 2020. So the familiar feel of February spring training has pitchers eager to unleash fastballs, spin a few breaking balls and get ready for the 162-game long haul. “Spring training is 50 days long,” Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais said. But young pitchers — many of whom didn't throw many innings last season — will have to be watched closely. He practiced on the first day of spring training Wednesday but an MRI later revealed the break.
Mets' new GM excited by Cohen's title expectations
NEW YORK – Jared Porter knows his new boss with the Mets is counting on a championship. “Hearing comments like that motivates me,” Porter said Monday after being introduced as New York’s general manager. “It’s really important to create a situation where you’re a really hard team to play against. But the Mets still have several holes to fill in the rotation and lineup. “I don’t wear them out.”In Queens, Porter will report to the 72-year-old Alderson, a former Mets GM who was brought back by Cohen and has taken over baseball operations.
Trout uncertain, All-Star Game off as MLB gets back on field
At Citi Field, Mets two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom ran sprints by himself in shallow right field, then grabbed his personal bag of baseballs to throw off a bullpen mound. Major League Baseball said the All-Star Game, scheduled for July 14 at Dodger Stadium, has been canceled. You have to come down to the field one way and back off the field another way, Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer said. When Rougned Odor pulled a home run into the right field seats in an intrasquad game, there was a smattering of applause. Im kind of expecting weird, expecting things to be different, manager Chris Woodward said later.
Roster shuffle: Plans change in MLB because of health issues
PHOENIX The Minnesota Twins have shuffled their on-field staff to protect the health of some of their older coaches. I think we all know that we're making the right decision, but that doesn't mean it feels good," Baldelli said. The defending World Series champion Nationals will begin their title defense without Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross, who both declined to play because of health concerns. We are one hundred percent supportive of their decision to not play this year, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said in a statement. Cleveland's 61-year-old manager Terry Francona said he's not nervous, even though he's had previous health issues.
Bubble-free life means MLB players, coaches must be careful
PHOENIX Baseball's bubble-free environment is an anomaly as the sports world tries to come back amid the coronavirus pandemic. Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen said he'll be constantly reminding everyone in his organization about the delicacy of the current situation. The younger guys that are single that, you know, tend to be a little bit more social, Woodward said. The first step toward a successful season is getting all the players to their home cities. Chicago White Sox GM Rick Hahn said his team's travel department has a busy week ahead, but that they've been planning on this scenario for quite a while.